18 June 2014

Mozambique: Two Convoys Attacked in One Day

Maputo — Gunmen of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo attacked two convoys on the main north-south highway in the central province of Sofala on Monday, according to the independent television station, STV.

Citing Sofala police sources, STV said the first attack was against the morning convoy from the small town of Muxungue to the Save river, marking the boundary with Inhambane province. The target was a truck driven by a Chinese citizen, apparently a timber merchant, heading for Inhambane city.

The return convoy, from the Save to Muxungue, came under fire at about 15.30 on Monday afternoon. This time the gunmen hit a bus owned by the private company TLM, shattering the windows and showering the passengers with glass.

Speaking to STV in Muxungue, the driver of the bus criticized the convoy's military and police escort for not coming to the aid of his vehicle and the frightened passengers, some of them injured from shards of glass.

Despite the damage to the bus, the driver drove it on for the last few kilometres into Muxungue.

According to the police, nobody was killed or seriously injured in either attack.

STV also reported a clash between the defence and security forces and Renamo on Tuesday morning about 10 kilometres from Muxungue. This was not on the main road, but further east, in the direction of Buzi district.

No further details are yet available.

Meanwhile, in the western province of Tete the National Roads Administration (ANE) has not yet reopened the weighbridge at Mussacama, on the road from Tete city to Malawi, which came under attack from armed men, believed to be Renamo members, on Friday morning.

The weighbridge offices were vandalized and the day's takings stolen. People living in the vicinity fled from Mussacama, and some crossed the border into Malawi.

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